Ndaba Mandela, grandson of former South African President Nelson Mandela, will present “From Prisoner to President: The Mandela Legacy Lives On” at the University of North Florida’s 36th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Luncheon Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Adam W. Herbert University Center, Building 43, Grand Banquet Hall, Room 1044. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m.
Ndaba carries on the legacy of his grandfather as a motivational speaker, sharing messages of hope, freedom and nonviolence on a global scale. He’s co-founder and chairman of the Africa Rising Foundation, an organization working to promote positive images of Africa and increase opportunities for education, employment and international corporate alliances.
UNF Intercultural Center for PEACE Director Oupa Seane is a personal friend of the Mandela family and coordinated this lecture. He believes it’s vitally important for students and the greater community to hear from a family member of one of the greatest civil rights leaders that ever lived, about standing up for what’s right.
“Before he died, Nelson promised me he would come to the University to speak,” Seane said. “This, in a way, is fulfilling his wish through his grandson.”
Ndaba has been chosen by his family to carry on the voice of his grandfather and pass on his legacy to future generations. He holds a unique, personal perspective and invites audiences to hear intimate tales of his story. “I saw him interact with kings and presidents and with our household cook. He treated everyone the same. This was his key value,” he said.
The lessons from his grandfather are internalized into practice today by Ndaba, who was named by the BET network as one of the 28 “Men of Change.” He’s founder of Out of Africa Entertainment, which helped finance and coproduce “Madiba,” a three-part series chronicling the life of Nelson currently airing on BET.
Tickets for the event, sponsored by the UNF Office of the President, The Intercultural Center for PEACE and the Office of Student and International Affairs, are $30 for individuals; $500, supporter-level corporate tables; $1,000, silver-level corporate tables; $2,500, gold-level corporate tables; and $5,000, platinum-corporate tables. Tickets can be purchased through the UNF Ticket Box Office, located in English Hall, Building 8, Room 1100, by calling (904) 620-2878 or going online .
For more information, contact the Intercultural Center at (904) 620-2475 or visit the Intercultural Center for Peace event page . Individuals who require reasonable accommodations in order to participate must notify the Center at least five working days prior to the event.
This luncheon is an annual event to honor the ideals of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. where an internationally acclaimed leader is invited to speak and teach about their philosophy of nonviolence. Past speakers include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Blair Underwood, Dr. Ben Carson and Terry McMillan. The program also honors and provides scholarships to students whose leadership and service reflect King’s teachings. During the program, four student scholarships will be awarded.
The Intercultural Center for Peace at UNF promotes student learning, development and support through purposeful programming with different cultural groups and departments on campus. The Center strives to bridge the cultural divide between all individuals at the University as well as the local community to enhance multicultural sensitivity and strengthen cultural competence.
UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.